Lancashire’s Invest in Youth project is delivered exclusively by social enterprises and community organisations. As Lancashire’s social enterprise network, we are proud to lead this specialist partnership whose work is transforming lives of young people across Lancashire.
The project aims to transform the futures of young people aged between 15 and 24 who would like to work but are unable to without additional skills or support. Through this project we work with young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), including young people at risk of becoming NEET. Hear more about it from some of our participants and team members involved:
Through the Invest in Youth project, participants receive intensive support from a Key Worker to be able to engage in work readiness activity. Following an initial assessment of each participant’s individual interests and the barriers they face around entering work or further learning, the Key Worker guides the participant to achieve milestones agreed within their personal action plan. Participation in support through the Invest in Youth project is voluntary, free to access and does not affect rights to benefits.
This project was extended due to the success of its first 3 years’ delivery. As a result, Invest in Youth will support 1566 young people aged 15-24 over the project’s lifetime to overcome their barriers and move closer to employment, education or training.
Our partnership’s most recent quarterly results show that Invest in Youth has already supported 1100 young participants who are ‘hard to reach and have multiple and complex barriers to work. As a direct result of the support received from this project, 290 have overcome the challenges they were facing and are now employed, self-employed, in education or in training.
Invest in Youth: Saving lives in Lancashire
The Invest in Youth project was independently evaluated and found to be “fundamental to people’s progression and well-being”. Without the project often people would be continuing to do ‘nothing’, being aimless and ‘lost’.
In some cases impact was even more profound, with several participants stating they may no longer be here if it wasn’t for the support they’ve had. The holistic, slow-paced support lead by workers the young people have developed strong bonds with have been central to success:
Invest in Youth in Action:
Here are some of our participant’s journeys through this project:
Can the Invest in Youth project help you or someone you know?
For details about Invest in Youth, please contact the Building Better Opportunities team at Selnet Ltd as your first point of contact. They will be able to answer any initial queries and signpost you to the relevant support: call 01772 200690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Invest in Youth project is part of the nationwide Building Better Opportunities programme to help tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England. Following an extension to the project, it will now receive £4M of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.